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Mazda MX-5 GT Convertible 2023 Review

MX-5 GT Convertible – Occasionally when I am testing cars, I get lucky. Sometimes we get a convertible like the Mazda MX-5 and the weather is beautiful.  2023 Mazda MX-5 GT Convertible Black roof front quarter 1

So, it was on a sunny Easter weekend that we lowered the convertible top in the MX-5 and headed off for a drive. Sunglasses on, fresh air and the open road. Pity about the Easter traffic.

That’s what the MX-5 is all about.

The latest model now comes exclusively with the 2.0 litre engine, revised suspension settings and some cosmetic updates. There is also a choice between a 6-speed manual and automatic transmission.

Over the years it has grown a little, got a bit heavier and now has more safety, comfort and luxury features.

But the core of the MX-5 hasn’t changed since it was first released way back in 1989. The MX-5 is a two-seat rear wheel drive sports car. It’s all about driving fun and there possibly isn’t a better-balanced sports convertible around.

There are four models available, and we drove the MX-5 GT Convertible with black roof. It is priced from $54,892 plus the usual costs.

In a rapidly changing automotive world, sports cars like the Mazda MX-5 are special.

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I’m Brianna Fraser



What is good?

  • Very cool styling
  • Outstanding balance
  • 2.0L engine better

What is not so good?

  • Intrusive safety features
  • No room for taller drivers
  • Infotainment a little behind the pace

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Sports Convertibles are rare, especially at this price range. So you have to look further afield to more conventional sports cars.

Buyers could look at Subaru BRZToyota GR Corolla, Subaru WRX, Honda Civic Type R, Audi S3, Toyota Supra

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MX-5 GT Convertible

Model Price $54,892 MLP*
Engine 2.0l 4 Cyl Petrol Euro 5
Drivetrain 6 Sp Sports AT FWD
Power 135kW @ 7,000rpm
Torque 205Nm @ 4.000rpm
Safety Three-star ANCAP (tested Sept 2015)
0-100kmh / Top Speed TBA
CO2 Emissions TBA
Economy ADR 7.2L/100km / 45L capacity
Economy on test 8.3L/100k
Max Range 804km
Servicing 12Mth / 10,000km Capped Price
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km
Roadside Assist 5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges).

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel 8
Comfort 8
Equipment 8
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 7
Fit for Purpose 9
Styling / Design 9
Technology/connectivity 9
Value for Money 8


Overall Length 3915mm
Wheelbase 2310mm
Width 1735mm
Height 1235mm
Wheels 17×7.0 Alloy
Tyres 205/45 R17
Max ground clearance Up to 135mm
Wading Depth Not Applicable
Approach Not Applicable
Rampover Not Applicable
Departure angle Not Applicable
Turning Circle KTK 9.4m
Tub Length Not Applicable
Tub width arches Not Applicable
Tub Depth Not Applicable
Kerb Weight 1134kg
Payload (kg) TBA
GVM (kg) TBA
Towing Capacity Not Applicable
Tow Ball rating Not Applicable

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